Warhawk Weekly 5-24: Softball pursues title; Cast your vote

Softball team earns shot at national title

AUM’s softball team punched its ticket to the NCAA Division II Softball Championship in Denver after winning its first NCAA South Region title in thrilling fashion last Friday.

Facing elimination against Gulf South Conference rival Valdosta State after dropping the opening game in the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional series, the Warhawks used timely hitting, dominant pitching and stellar defense to earn 3-2 and 2-1 victories over the Blazers on Friday.

As the No. 3 seed in the eight-team NCAA championship field, AUM (48-11) will open play sixth-seeded Seton Hill Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Get the full NCAA Championship schedule from AUM Athletics.

Cast your votes for AUM as one of the ‘Best of the Best’

After being recognized as the top university in Alabama’s River Region by Montgomery Advertiser readers for each of the last four years, AUM has earned nominations in multiple categories for the 2022 “Best of the River Region Awards.”

In addition to being nominated once again as one of the top universities in the “Kids & Education” category, AUM will compete for top honors in the following categories:

  • Best Place to Work
  • Best Child Care (AUM Early Education Center)
  • Best Fitness Center/Gym (AUM Wellness Center)
  • Best Yoga/Pilates Studio (AUM Wellness Center)

Voting will end on May 31. Cast your vote with the Montgomery Advertiser.

Page retires from college coaching

Women’s basketball head coach Sean Page has announced his retirement from collegiate coaching and will begin a transition to a leadership role with a professional basketball organization in his native country of Australia. Page’s retirement will be effective June 1.

Assistant coach Steve Kenner will serve as AUM’s interim head coach. Kenner has previous head coaching experience at Pratt Community College (Pratt, Kan.), Southeastern Illinois College (Harrisburg, Ill.) and Emory & Henry College (Emory, Va.).

“I would like to thank Dr. Stockton, the Athletics Administration and the entire AUM campus community for the opportunity and their support over the last four years,” Page said. “I would also like to thank all the student-athletes and my assistant coaches for the hard work and commitment they displayed while at AUM. This is a bittersweet decision for me, as I was very excited about the upcoming season, but I am confident Coach Kenner will do a great job leading this team. After 21 years of college coaching, I look forward to the next phase of my professional career.”

In addition to his four seasons at the helm of the AUM women’s program, Page also spent 10 years as head coach of Newberry College in Newberry, S.C., and two seasons leading Brescia University in Owensboro, Ky. During his tenure as a college head coach, Page posted a career record of 242-208 (.538), made four national tournament appearances and coached more than 30 all-conference/all-regional players. He has posted four 20-win seasons, coached six All-Americans and four Academic All-Americans.

Read more in the AUM Athletics Newsroom.

Elkins earns GSC ‘Top Ten’ award

For the second-consecutive year, Andrew Elkins of the AUM men’s soccer team has earned the Gulf South Conference’s “Top Ten” Award.

The Top Ten Award recognize the top female and top male student-athletes for their athletic, academic, and extracurricular achievement during the 2021-22 academic year. The top male and top female from each group of honorees will be awarded the Commissioner’s Trophy, which is the conference’s most elite award.

An All-GSC Second Team honoree and GSC Preseason All-Conference selection in 2021, Elkins led an AUM defense in 2021 that recorded 10 shutouts and held opponents to just 0.85 goals per contests. The senior center back also accounted for three goals scored.

Elkins’ leadership on the backline proved to be pivotal in guiding the Warhawks to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament this past season. Under his leadership, the Warhawks recorded clean sheets in four consecutive postseason matches on their way to the national quarterfinals.

In the classroom, he maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout his time in undergraduate studies, earning his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in Spring 2021. He has also carried a 4.0 GPA while pursuing his MBA.

Elkins has logged more than10 hours of community service this academic year, highlighted by coaching soccer at the local YMCA in Montgomery and helping AUM students get moved into their dorms on Fall 2021 Move-In Day. He regularly donates lightly-used soccer equipment and apparel to children in Guatemala through the help of his aunt who is from there.

Elkins became AUM’s first GSC Top Ten honoree in 2021.

ELC opens summer, fall registration

AUM’s Early Learning Center is opening summer and fall semester registration for the summer and fall 2022 semesters for children ages 3-5.

The ELC is a National Association for the Education of Young Children-accredited laboratory preschool that is open Monday-Friday, from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuition is $150 per week. Members of the campus community are invited to participate in a brief survey to help the ELC better serve the needs of families.

For more information on the ELC, call 334-244-3441 or email Laura Wildman.

Enroll your child in the Early Learning Center.

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